Posts with the tag “everyday”

John 8:12-59
June 26th, 2022
In this devotional we are going to look at just a few verses and one particular aspect of Jesus’ teaching, the devil! In our passage Jesus makes reference to the devil in his challenge to religious le...  Read More
by Darren Parker
John 8:1-12
June 19th, 2022
These are the wonderful words spoken by Jesus, to a woman who moments earlier had stood in abject humiliation and terror, awaiting judgement and probably brutal execution for the charge of adultery th...  Read More
by Darren Parker
John 7:32-52
June 12th, 2022
Jesus makes this incredible invitation to us. We can come and drink from him and rivers of living water will flow from within us. John helpfully clarifies this. He notes that this is the Holy Spirit g...  Read More
by Darren Parker
The Holy Spirit
June 5th, 2022
I count myself incredibly blessed by the church community into which I was saved. I became a Christian just before my 15th birthday (27th February 1983) at a Baptist Church in Bedford. It was a commun...  Read More
by Darren Parker
John 7:1-31
May 29th, 2022
In our text today we simply see Jesus in conversation with people, and we've got so much to learn from him through the answers he gives to the different questions he is faced with. I'll be focusing th...  Read More
by Darren Parker
John 6:22-7:1
May 22nd, 2022
When Jesus describes Himself as the Bread of Life, he’s making two very clear connections. The first is that the feeding of the 5,000 is not just about the miraculous act, but about the one who perfor...  Read More
by Darren Parker
John 6:1-21
May 15th, 2022
There are parts of scripture which have worked their way into our very culture, not just as Christians, but also as a culture. The feeding of the 5,000 is one of those narratives. Maybe it is the dram...  Read More
by Darren Parker
John 5:16-47
May 8th, 2022
This week we’ve been looking at John 5:16 onwards. We find in these verses Jesus’ response to being challenged, persecuted, criticised for healing a man on the Sabbath. The Jewish leaders of Jesus’ da...  Read More
by Darren Parker
John 4:46-5:16
May 1st, 2022
After a few weeks out of sequence we’re now back in John 4. So far John has shown us how The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We’ve seen John the Baptist point to Jesus and the callin...  Read More
by Darren Parker
Vision Reminder
April 24th, 2022
I felt called to leadership when I was 16 years old. I had become a Christian in a Baptist church in Bedford in 1983 and got thoroughly plugged in to an amazing youth group. We would gather to pray on...  Read More
by Darren Parker
John 12:1-19
April 10th, 2022
This year we’re working our way through John’s Gospel. And this Easter we’re jumping ahead to look at the how John tells the story of that first Easter week. This week we’re in John 12; next week we’l...  Read More
by Darren Parker
John 4:31-45
March 27th, 2022
There’s an undeniable cause and effect taking place here. Last week, we looked at the beginning of John chapter 4. We were introduced to a lady, who by all accounts had made some poor choices in life....  Read More
by Darren Parker
John 4:1-30
March 20th, 2022
In this week’s message we unpack a beautiful story where Jesus engages with a woman who is not just from an outcast tribe (the Samaritans), but who herself is an outcast within her on community. Becau...  Read More
by Darren Parker
John 3:22-36
March 13th, 2022
In this week’s message we got to focus on John the Baptist, who is Jesus’ cousin. John spends time telling us about Jesus, the real Jesus of the Bible so we can see him in his true form. We take a clo...  Read More
by Darren Parker
John 3:1-21
March 6th, 2022
The passage we’re exploring this week through our service, Life Group Guide and devotions is John 3:1-21. It’s the first time we meet to Nicodemus in John’s Gospel. He’ll turn up a couple more times b...  Read More
by Darren Parker
John 2:12-25
February 20th, 2022
Listen to these mind blowing words from 1 Corinthians 6.19-20: 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;...  Read More
by Darren Parker
John 2:1-11
February 13th, 2022
Well in my message I focused on John 2:1-11, which is Jesus’ first recorded miracle, the wedding in Cana where he turned water into wine. It’s such an iconic episode in the life of Jesus, and even thr...  Read More
by Darren Parker
John 1:35-51
February 6th, 2022
I was slightly frustrated when I came to this passage. John’s gospel includes some incredible moments in Jesus life, but on first look this appears a bit of a filler passage. But then I read it again,...  Read More
by Darren Parker
John 1:19-34
January 30th, 2022
We seem to be in the middle of a pandemic of apologies. Barely a day goes by without a new demand for an expression of remorse from someone in power for their failings. The trouble is that many of ou...  Read More
by Darren Parker
John 1:1-18
January 23rd, 2022
John’s Prologue serves as an introduction in the same way a movie trailer prepares us for a film. Here John is introducing us to a whole bunch of material that he’ll unpack for us through his eyewitne...  Read More
by Darren Parker
John - Introduction
January 16th, 2022
Recently I went to the cinema to watch the latest Spider-Man movie. Don’t worry, I’m not going to drop in any spoilers! It was a really good movie and once again Spider-Man proved strong enough to sav...  Read More
by Darren Parker
Vision 2022
January 9th, 2022
Vision is vital. When I was a small boy my father worked for Worcester College for the blind. We would regularly have students over for lunch and I marvelled at how these young men with no sight negot...  Read More
by Darren Parker
Galatians 6:6-18
December 12th, 2021
And so we come to the end of our journey through Galatians. What a fruitful journey it has been? Or has it? Certainly it has been an enjoyable time – what is not to enjoy about digging into the grace ...  Read More
by Darren Parker
Galatians 5:26-6:5
December 5th, 2021
I want to focus us on that verse because I believe that it’s crucial for the rest of Paul’s message about how we can have grace for one another. We live in a world of conceit, our natural instinct as ...  Read More
by Darren Parker
Galatians 5:16-26
November 28th, 2021
I’m deliberately going to keep this brief… because while there is loads that could be said about this wonderful passage, I want to give you plenty of space to reflect, confess and pray. These verses ...  Read More
by Darren Parker
Galatians 5:1-15
November 21st, 2021
There are certain verses in scripture that I believe I know so well that I don’t need to look them up. I thought Galatians 5:1 was one of those verses. I have sung it, quoted it in sermons and prayed ...  Read More
by Darren Parker
Galatians 4:21-31
November 14th, 2021
Isaac was a result of God's promise, while Ishmael was a result of Abraham and Sarah trying to help God out, doing it their way. And how easily can't we fall into the same trap? How easily don't we ta...  Read More
by Darren Parker
Galatians 4:8-20
October 31st, 2021
Galatians 4:8-20 - Paul's Concern For The Galatians Taken in isolation, we might be forgiven for thinking that Paul is being a bit heavy-handed or bossy with his choice of words in these verses. But l...  Read More
by Darren Parker
Galatians 3:26-4:7
October 24th, 2021
My sermon this week is on Galatians 3.26-4.7, and in my talk we looked at 5 awe-striking truths from this text, but in this devotion I've chosen to focus on the last bit of one sentence from Chapter 3...  Read More
by Darren Parker
Galatians 3:15-25
October 17th, 2021
Our passage this week is right in the middle of a larger argument Paul is weaving through Galatians 3:1-4:7. Verses 15-25 can feel quite technical at times. But stick with them. Let them fuel your gra...  Read More
by Darren Parker
Galatians 3:1-14
October 10th, 2021
This week in our sermon on Galatians, I contemplated what it was like to experience the situation through Paul’s (the Apostle) eyes. To feel what he felt when dealing with the Galatians, and mirror th...  Read More
by Darren Parker
Galatians 2:11-21
October 3rd, 2021
My sermon this week is on Galatians 2:11-21. I focus most of our time in that message on the Confrontation between Peter and Paul, but today I want to pick out a particular verse in this passage where...  Read More
by Darren Parker
Galatians 2:1-10
September 26th, 2021
This week in our sermon on Galatians I spent some time working through these 10 verses a verse or two at a time. This is a great way to unpack scripture on your own or as part of a groups. The underly...  Read More
by Darren Parker
Galatians 1:1-24 Part 2
September 20th, 2021
The bible encourages us to wait on the Lord (Isaiah 40) and to meditate on God’s word (Psalm 1). Over these weeks we want to encourage one another to do just that. Seek to make space for God to break ...  Read More
by Darren Parker
Galatians 1:1-24 Part 1
September 13th, 2021
Timothy tells us that scripture equips us for good works, and Paul in Ephesians tells us that Christ saved us for good works. God has an adventure for us to take part in and scripture is one of the ke...  Read More
by Darren Parker